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Japan’s farm exports hit new record in 2014

(Mainichi: January 14, 2015 – p. 2)    By Masashi Taguchi    Japan’s exports of food and farm produce for 2014 are expected to set a new record, a government report says.    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries released data on Jan. 13 showing that shipments of food and farm produce rose 11.1% on the year to 548.2….Read more

  • 2015-01-14 15:00:00
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Government’s farmland aggregation goal may prove difficult to meet

(Nikkei: January 8, 2015 – p. 2)   By Tsukasa Hatano   The farmland bank is a system for taking over dispersed or abandoned farmland, using tax money to improve it, and leasing the land to producers. It is a project that started out with great fanfare in the spring of 2014 under the Abe administration, which had decided to….Read more

  • 2015-01-08 15:00:00
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Low crude oil prices benefit Japan

(Tokyo Shimbun: January 7, 2015 – p.3) The downward spiral in oil prices shows no sign of letting up, with the U.S. crude oil futures market temporarily dropping to the $48 range per barrel on Jan. 6. Since low crude oil prices lead to lower gasoline prices and electric utility rates, domestic companies welcome them. However, if oil prices fall….Read more

  • 2015-01-07 15:00:00
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Japan to call on other countries to expand import quotas of wagyu beef

(Mainichi: January 1, 2015 – p. 12)   By Osamu Hirachi   Japan is planning to call on other countries to expand their import quotas of Japanese wagyu beef in trade negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, as the growing craze for Japanese cuisine worldwide is expected to help boost wagyu exports. During TPP talks, Tokyo will demand Washington increase….Read more

  • 2015-01-02 15:00:00
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Women, IT, social media hold the key to the future of agriculture

Agriculture is considered to be a declining industry in Japan in view of the aging population, so attracting young successors to rejuvenate the aging workforce is a serious challenge for the farming community. Moreover, the agricultural industry is deemed a “bastion of resistance forces” when it comes to international trade liberalization talks, including the TPP. However, Prime Minister Abe recently….Read more

  • March 13, 2013
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Magnificent Joe Price collection to be exhibited in Tohoku

There are many ways to express support for the people of Tohoku, who were hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, and its aftermath. Joe Price, a renowned collector of the art of Japan’s Edo Period (1603-1868), including screen paintings by Ito Jakuchu, will show support in this own way. Asahi’s regular “profile” column on….Read more

  • January 16, 2013
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